RAI Environment Committee member Dr Heid Jerstad convenes Weather Matters, an online space for conversations among scholars of climate change. Content includes web round-ups, book reviews, blog articles, calls for papers, positions vacant etc. Contributions of 400-1000 words are welcome. Please contact Heid on heidmj@gmail.com.

The Environment and Society Portal is a gateway to open access resources on the human-environment relationship. It includes a multi-media library, virtual exhibitions, Arcadia, a collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center and the European Society of Environmental History, which publishes short, peer-reviewed environmental histories, and RCC Perspectives, an online journal which publishes provocative, less formal pieces related to the Rachel Carson Center’s environment and society research teams.

As indigenous peoples around the world face extreme climatic events that threaten their livelihoods and well-being, responses that stem from indigenous knowledge, experiences, wisdom and world views are urgently needed. The Indigenous Peoples’ Bio cultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA) has emerged as an innovative response, bringing together indigenous knowledge and science in a process which links bio cultural realities with complex global processes. Use of bio cultural methods and tools involve communities from around the world in the assessment of climate change and local well-being and the development of evidence-based responses for climate change adaptation.

EnviroSociety is a blog associated with the journal Environment and Society. It provides insights into contemporary socio-ecological issues with posts from top scholars in the social sciences that engage readers interested in current environmental topics.




weADAPT is an online ‘open space’ on climate adaptation issues (including the synergies between adaptation and mitigation) which allows practitioners, researchers and policy makers to access credible, high quality information and to share experiences and lessons learnt with the weADAPT community. It is designed to facilitate learning, exchange, collaboration and knowledge integration to build a professional community of research and practice on adaptation issues while developing policy-relevant tools and guidance for adaptation planning and decision-making.


The Walker Institute based at the University of Reading, is an interdisciplinary research institute supporting the development of climate resilient societies.